Compare Google Documents with the New Google Drive.

In April, Google launched Google Drive as a replacement for Google Documents, but not everyone has converted yet. The new program has been compared to Dropbox, which allows you to store and share your documents online and edit them offline.

If you’re still using Google Documents with your Tnet Mail account, you should consider switching over to Google Drive. It does have it’s shortcomings in comparison to Dropbox, but offers an improvement over Google Documents. View the comparison of features between Google Drive and Google Documents below, to decide which one is right for you:

Google Drive

Google Drive

  • Supports over 30 file types
  • Syncs files across different devices
  • Files sorted into folders – disappear from the My Drive page automatically
  • Users can view files by Recent or Activity
  • Grid view or list view mode

Google Docs

Google Drive

  • Supports 19 file types
  • Files must be downloaded to be edited offline
  • Files sorted into collections – must be deleted from the Home page manually
  • Users cannot view files by Recent or Activity
  • List view mode only

How do I switch to Google Drive?

Log in to your Google Documents account. In a separate tab, go to the Google Drive start page. Click on the button that says Get started with 5 GB free.

From there, Google will prompt you through setting up your Google Drive account. To access the full benefits of your Google Drive account, download Google Drive to your computer.

I don’t like it. Can I switch back to Google Documents?

The short and simple answer here is no. The long answer? No, but you can change the interface of your Google Drive account to look like Google Documents again.

The title of the program in your menu bar will still be Google Drive, and you will still be able to access documents offline. When you Temporarily use the old look by clicking on the Settings wheel in your Google Drive account, though, you will see the same old Google Documents options and organization that you are used to.

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